Visit to Governors Island

 

 

I made a trip to Governors Island in New York City last weekend to take some photos photos of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the NY harbor from the unique vantage point that the island offers. I also took quite a few pictures on the island itself, which is undergoing a remarkable transformation from a former 172 acre military post to a fantastic park.

 

 

I made the video posted above shortly after I arrived on Governors Island. As I approached Outlook Hill, the tallest of the new man-made hills on the island I saw to red chairs on the lawn in front of the hill and it struck me as a good spot to make a short video explaining the purpose  of my visit. See my pictures below.

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I do have to make a correction to something I said in the video. When I was explaining the history of Governors Island and I stated that the history of the island goes back to the Revolutionary War period, when it was under the control of the British Army. In fact, the island was occupied well before that, going back to when the Dutch arrived in 1624.

Here is the timeline of Governors Island:

1524 Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to see the island.

1624 First settlers arrived from the Dutch Republic

1674 The British took control of the island

17883 The American Army takes control of the island as the  British leave the island on Evacuation Day

1966 The U.S. Army leaves the island and the island is converted to U.S Coast Guard base.

1996 The Coast Guard closes it’s base at the island.

2001 Governors Island National Monument created. The monument encompasses 22 acres and includes Fort Jay and Castle Williams

2003 The Federal Government turns over 150 acres of Governors Island to the City of New York.

2007 Redevelopment of the island begins.

 

 

 

Here some more pictures from the northern end of the island…

 

Walking around The Cabin on Discovery Hill…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to Governors Island

 

 

The Twin Towers and the Manhattan Skyline in July 2001

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I took this picture at Eagle Rock Reservation in July, 2001. The reservation is located in Montclair, NJ. I have previously posted a picture of just the WTC Twin Towers and lower Manhattan that I took from the location. Today, on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I decided post this picture of the entire Manhattan Skyline. I think this picture really illustrates just how prominent the Twin Towers were in relation to all the other skyscrapers in the city.

Photo was taken with my first digital camera, a Kodak DC 290.

 

 

My 2o16 NFL Predictions

 

Here are my picks for each Division:

 

AFC East: New England. Hard to seriously consider any only teams in the AFC East as long as Bill Belichick is coaching and Tom Brady is playing QB. I think the NY Jets will also be good, too. I predict the Jets will secure a wild-card slot for the play-offs.

AFC North: Pittsburgh–Tough choice. In the end I had pick between the Steelers and Bengals. Not much separating these teams, but I have a little more confidence in Big Ben and the Steeler’s offense than I do Andy Dalton and the Bengal’s offensive, especially in view of the fact that Cincy installed a new Offensive Coordinator for this season. The Bengals offense may indeed improve, but that is a question mark. That said, I think both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will make the play-offs.

AFC South: Houston. The addition of Brock Osweiler gives the Texans that advantage in this this division. The JJ Watt lead defense has always kept them in the hunt for the division, but if Houston can field a decent offense it will make them truly dangerous. Brock may make a formidable all-around team.

AFC West: Kansas City-Can’t pick Denver, the defending SB champ’s, because they have no proven players at the QB position with the retirement of Peyton Manning.

NFC East: Washington-I think this weak division will come down to battle between the Washington Redskins and NY Giants. I can’t see Philadelphia winning the division with a rookie QB and Dallas may be in same boat, with starting QB Tony Romo out for at least 6 games.

NFC North: Green Bay.-Gotta go with Packers. I expect Detroit and Minn. to be competitive, but I see the Packers as the best team in the division. Rodgers still one of the QB’s in the league, if not the best. The return of star WR Jordy Nelson is big for the Packers.

NFC South: Carolina.-No contest here. The NFC Champs should win this division easily.However, I expect the Panthers to suffer a few more losses this season than they did last season because they caught the league by surprise last season and opposing teams were not as well prepared for them as they will this season.

NFC West: Seattle-A toss up here. Very difficult to pick between Seattle and Arizona.

AFC Conference Champion: New England–Steelers, Bengals, as well as Kansas City and possibly Denver could provide tough tests to the Patriots in the play-0ffs. It will be interesting to see how the Patriots fare will Jimmy G at QB. If they go 2-2 with Garoppolo at the helm I think there a good chance that they will be able to amass the best record in the AFC and secure home field advantage in the play-offs and that will be important.

NFC Conference Champion: Green Bay–I think there are at least four teams that have a good shot at winning the NFC. In  addition to Packers I would add Arizona, Seattle and, of course, the defending NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers. I won’t be at all surprised if any of those wins the NFC, I’m going to go with the Packers.

Superbowl Champion: New England–Any doubts about Belichick and Brady both being GOAT’s  will be put to rest when the Patriots win Super Bowl LI in Houston.

Tesla’s Autopilot 2.0 adds more sensors to be better than ever, report says — BGR

Tesla’s Autopilot advanced cruise control has been making headlines all over the place: it’s been blamed for causing accidents, preventing accidents, driving people to the hospital, and even getting Tesla into trouble with the SEC. But progress hasn’t halted on autonomous driving at Tesla. Quite the opposite, in fact, as Electrek reports that Tesla is planning…

via Tesla’s Autopilot 2.0 adds more sensors to be better than ever, report says — BGR

US General in Europe Agrees NATO States Must Pay More for Defense

The commander of U.S. European Command recently said allied nations must pay their fair share of defense costs to deter Russia.

Source: US General in Europe Agrees NATO States Must Pay More for Defense

Steven Bochco Developing ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot — Variety

“L.A. Law” creator Steven Bochco is working on a reboot of the classic ’80s legal workplace drama. Speaking on the Rich Eisen Show Monday, Bochco said that he has been asked frequently in the more than 20 years since the series went off the air to reboot “L.A. Law,” but has never been interested in……

via Steven Bochco Developing ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot — Variety

Seagull on the Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

I took this picture at the end of Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego, CA July 2011.

As you can see from this photo the shore is quite a distance away. The OB Pier is 1,971 ft long and is the longest concrete pier on the West Coast of United States.

Seagull on OB Pier SD

 

 

 

 


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